Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C
Christy S. Cain has 17 years of professional experience in leading regional and global design efforts, specializing in corporate, higher education, science and technology, healthcare, and hospitality projects. As a Principal of idea|span, Cain oversees design efforts, provides leadership for her project team, and helps guide the firm’s business. She has won numerous design awards over the years for her design work including Best of the Best IIDA Georgia Chapter Awards. Her projects have been published in Contract magazine and other design publications. Cain has served on the Board of Trustee for the IIDA Foundation and was Past-President of the IIDA Georgia Chapter.
Stasia Czech Suleiman, IIDA, NCIDQ
Vice President/Senior Project Interior Designer
Stasia Czech Suleiman is a Vice President and Senior Project Interior Designer at HOK who has dedicated her career to designing impactful educational and healthcare environments. Her expertise allows her to provide clients with innovative, sustainable, and holistic design solutions that transform and advance the way they do business. She leads and oversees marketing efforts for the firm’s Columbus office and leads design efforts on complex healthcare projects across the nation.
Czech Suleiman has led the interior design for some of the world’s largest and most forward-thinking healthcare, civic, and educational design projects in her career, including Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Replacement Medical Center, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, and The Koo Foundation Discovery and Education Pavilion in Taiwan, Taipei. Her award-winning work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and with the Modern Healthcare Award of Excellence and an International Interior Design Award, among others.
As an industry thought leader, she’s a frequent presenter at industry conferences including NeoCon and Labs 21 Annual Conference and has served as a guest juror for Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) and the EDspaces Innovation Awards. Czech Suleiman is actively involved with IIDA, previously serving as the Co-director of the Columbus, Ohio City Center. She is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor's in fine arts; interior design.
Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D, M.A.
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
Jessica Kayongo is the Sociology Librarian at the University of Notre Dame. As liaison to the sociology department, she provides library instruction and library research assistance for students and faculty, and manages the library's sociology resources and collections. Her published research is in user studies and assessment. For the last several years, she has also been very involved with space improvement and space planning. She chairs the campus-wide Hesburgh Library renovation steering committee which, along with campus planners and an architectural firm, is designing and implementing a full-scale interior renovation of the campus’ main library, a 440,000 square foot, fourteen-story building. A user-centered focus is of prime importance in both her library work and in these building projects. Kayongo is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the American Library Association.
Mindy Sorg, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Mindy Sorg leads the interior design team and is the resident library and workplace of the future strategist at OPN. Her deep resume of projects include award-winning work for libraries and corporate clients. An associate at the firm, Sorg helps to lead the library design team. Among her expanding portfolio of work is the Cedar Rapids Public Library, which has received national and international recognition including being named a Landmark Library by Library Journal and the recipient of the AIA/ALA and the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards in 2014. In addition to her practice, she has immersed herself in the national library of the future dialogue presenting at multiple library conventions, including the 2015 ALA National Convention.
Sorg's passion lies in helping libraries unlock their potential whether it’s an entirely new building or rethinking an existing facility. Her research and analysis of library trends arms clients with knowledge that empowers them to envision their own innovative, patron-centered spaces that celebrate knowledge and encourage the unexpected.